MARSOC Marine Receives Recognition For Honorable Mention In The 2009 MajGen. Harold W. Chase Essay Prize Contest

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (April 29, 2010) A Marine with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command earned an honorable mention in the 2009 Marine Corps Association, MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest by writing an in-depth essay about restructuring the rank and retirement regulations of the Marine Corps.

Staff Sgt Eric Guendner will be recognized for his efforts by the Marine Corps Association during a ceremony at the MARSOC headquarters building, Tuesday May 4. Guendner’s entry will be published in the August 2010 edition of the Marine Corps Gazette.

To qualify for the Chase Prize Essay Contest a Marine must write an article challenging the status quo by stating the need for change and providing a convincing argument for why their changes should be enacted. First place winners receive $3000 and an engraved plaque, second place finishers receive $1000 and an engraved plaque and honorable mentions receive $500.

The Chase Prize Essay Contest is named after famed U.S. Marine Corps MajGen. Harold W. Chase who had a distinguished career as a Marine officer, an educator, an author and public official. He served in World War II as a company commander during the battle of Iwo Jima where he was wounded twice. He also saw action during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Additionally, he was a founder of the adjunct faculty at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.

Any media who would like to attend this event or have questions about this release can contact MARSOC public affairs at (910) 440-0770 or (910) 440-0119.